Business Etiquette Series, Part 1

I rarely do series posts here because I tend to get a little scatterbrained. However, I really want to emphasize business etiquette, particularly as it’s the time of year the school year is winding down and many college graduates are job hunting.

Etiquette is particularly important in the business world, which is a fairly conservative environment. I hope this series will be of benefit to you! As always, please let me know if you have specific questions you’d like answered, and I’ll make sure I respond.

Just like in any other area of etiquette, understanding what is expected of you will help put you ahead in the game. I hope this series helps you grow more confident in your job/job hunting!

To begin, let’s start with a few basic business do’s and don’t’s.

Do:

(1) Offer a firm handshake accompanied by eye contact when greeting someone
(2) Dress appropriately for your job (we’ll cover more of this later)
(3) Treat the person in person with you with priority over email or the telephone
(4) Show up 5-10 minutes early for an interview or meeting
(5) Keep your resume up-to-date

Don’t:

(1) Use casual nicknames, such as sweetie, in a professional environment
(2) Carbon copy (CC) someone onto an email response without the prior consent
(3) Use your phone during meetings or business luncheons
(4) Use the title of Doctor socially unless you are a medical doctor
(5) Chew gum while with customers or during an interview

 

Do you have anything you’d like to add to the list?

 

How To Make Your Home Feel Welcoming On A Budget, Part 1

I’ve had several emails from people who want to entertain but are afraid it will cost an arm and a leg to do so. I hope this post helps you feel encouraged that that’s not the case! This first post will cover the basics of having a welcoming home. To me, that is the foundation of entertaining etiquette. There’s no need to rent a venue or take people out to a restaurant, especially if you can’t afford it. To be 100% honest, I wish we did MORE in-home socializing than we do today.

To begin, nothing is more important to having a welcoming home than it being clean. Nothing. In the kitchen, this means having the sink clear of dirty dishes, counters should be wiped down, etc. In the bathroom, there should be a clean guest towl hanging, the toilet and sink should be clean, at a minimum. In the living room, the coffee table should be clear from clutter and should be wiped down, as well. Now, let me be clear. If someone randomly stops by your home, don’t let dirty dishes stop you from asking them in if you would like to. If, on the other hand, you purposefully invite someone into your home, it should be clean for them.

                         Clean, welcoming home

Another inexpensive tip is to have glasses set out when guests arrive. It helps immediately helps them feel comfortable and welcome. It also adds a special touch letting your guests know you purposefully thought about them and their visit prior to their arrival. If you’re not having a meal, you can place the glasses on your coffee table or on a tray. Sometimes the little things add up.

Along the lines of having glasses out, I also encourage food set out if you’re eating. Appetizers such as olives or cheese and crackers don’t have to cost a lot and they’re usually items most people like. Don’t feel like you need to have more than one appetizer, especially if you’re on a budget, unless you’re having a cocktail party. Most of the time, I find that I have SO much leftover food after parties.

If you’re entertaining for an evening only (as in, no overnight houseguests), make sure you’re completely ready when your guests arrive. There’s nothing more awkward than a host running off to get ready for a party that’s already started.

These are my absolute MUSTS for entertaining. Don’t forget to check back later for low-cost ways to add to your low-cost entertaining!

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thank you for reading!!